Report: Petrova’s Olympian mother dies in car crash

by: Matt Cronin | December 09, 2013

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Nadia Petrova’s mother Nadezhda has died in a car crash, Russia’s Sport Express reported. (The tweet has since been taken down, but can be seen here.) Nadezhda Ilyina won a bronze medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics in the 400-meter relay. She never coached her daughter in tennis, but helped in her fitness training and was by her side at a number of Grand Slam tournaments. She was 64 years old.

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